What is an Electrophysiology Study?
An Electrophysiology Study (EP) ia procedure carried by a heart rhythm specialist in hospital. An EP study is an investigation used to record and analyse the function of the heart's electrical system and diagnose abnormal heart rhythms.
Why do I need an EP study?
EP studies are performed to help your doctor determine the cause of your abnormal heart rhythm and assist your doctor in making decisions about the best treatment plan for you.
What does the procedure involve?
A thin flexible tube (sheath) is inserted into a vein in your right groin. Catheters with electrodes on the end are then inserted through the groin and up into your heart. Using the electrodes and/or medication the heart is stimulated to reproduce your abnormal heart rhythm. You will need to lie flat on the X-ray table whilst the test takes place. The procedure usually takes 1 - 4 hours and usually requires an overnight stay.
There is a nurse who helps to run the EP service. The nurse will see you in hospital and go through the procedure with you as well as the doctor. The nurse will serve as a point of contact for any queries or problems. The nurse will also follow you up at home.